Iqama is your official identification document in Saudi Arabia. It allows foreigners to stay in the kingdom for a specific period of time and work. The permit is renewable quarterly or annually, and there are fees associated with it. This blog post will provide an overview of the Iqama issuance and renewal fee for workers and dependents in 2022.
Work Permit Fee For Domestic Workers
Saudi Arabia imposes a work permit fee on domestic workers (including house drivers) starting May 22, 2022. However, it will be applicable only to the fifth domestic worker of a Saudi employer and the third domestic worker of an expatriate employer. This means the first four domestic workers of Saudi employers and the first two workers of expatriate employers will be exempt from the work permit fee or levy.
Levy Exemptions for Small Businesses
Small businesses with fewer than nine employees, including a full-time Saudi employer, are exempt from paying the expatriate fee for two employees (only until March 2023). The fee exemption will increase to four workers if the workers include one Saudi citizen in addition to the full-time employer.
IQAMA FEES 2022
MOI Iqama Issuance and Renewal Fee
The annual fee for issuing or renewing an Iqama is SAR 650, which can be paid quarterly.
|3 Months||SAR 163|
|6 Months||SAR 325|
|9 Months||SAR 488|
|12 Months||SAR 650|
Work Permit Fee or Maktab Amal Fee or Expat Levy
The monthly work permit fee is SAR 800, and this can pay for a minimum of three months.
|3 Months||SAR 2,400|
|6 Months||SAR 4,800|
|9 Months||SAR 7,200|
|12 Months||SAR 9,600|
Expat Dependent Fee (Dependent Levy)
Expat residents in Saudi Arabia need to pay the dependent fee of SR 400 per month per dependent.
|3 Months||SAR 1,200|
|6 Months||SAR 2,400|
|9 Months||SAR 3,600|
|12 Months||SAR 4,800|
How to Renew Iqama? (Iqama Renewal Process)
In order to renew your Iqama in Saudi Arabia following conditions must be met.
- Iqama fee must be paid
- Work Permit Fee must be paid
- There must be no traffic penalty on your iqama number.
- You must have a valid health insurance policy.
- The dependent levy must be paid if you have dependents in your Iqama.
After paying all the fees mentioned above, your employer can renew your iqama online through the Absher or Muqeem portals.
Iqama Expiration Penalty
Failure to renew an Iqama will result in an SR 500 first-time penalty and an SR 1,000 second-time penalty. Also, the holder of an iqama will face a fine and deportation in the event of third-time expiry.
Who is responsible for renewing iqama? employer or employee?
The employer is responsible for renewing the Iqama of his employees. Article 40 (1) of the Saudi Labour Law states that the employer’s responsibility is to pay the Iqama renewal and issuance fees. Likewise, Article 144 of the Saudi Labour Law says that the employer’s responsibility is to provide health care and insurance.